Companies confronted by the challenges that the box business has faced might be tempted to bury their heads in the ground. Bennett Packaging buried its entire operation in the ground — not to escape reality but to rise to its challenges.
At 1 a.m. on Aug. 15, 2005, a persistent knocking on his front door woke Joe Elphick, president of Colonial Carton, an independent carton converter in Clayton, N.C. As he stumbled out of bed, the well-being of his daughters, Amy, Joey and Jessy, was the first thought that raced through his mind.
Gary Johnson is the first to admit that most newly designed corrugated plants have better production process flows than what's seen in his company's building headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. But he also knows that sometimes adversity leads to opportunity.